The Golden State Warriors must “win instantly” after dropping their first two video games of the NBA season, says Stephen Curry.
Following the exit of Kevin Durant and long-term accidents for Klay Thompson and Curry, the Warriors limped to a league-worst 15-50 report in 2019-20.
Thompson will miss a second straight season as a consequence of an Achilles tear whereas Draymond Inexperienced has but to play this season due to a foot harm.
The Warriors adopted up their opening-day defeat to Durant’s Brooklyn Nets with a heavy 138-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day.
Curry, who mentioned he “all the time” feels strain to make the playoffs, warned that Golden State can’t afford to let the season slip away from them.
“We have to win, instantly,” Curry mentioned. “We do not actually have a very good circulation on offense. We’re making issues a bit too simple on the [opposition] protection when it comes to sustained execution – we’re getting some fairly attractiveness, myself included, however we have to make extra.
“Over the course of 48 [minutes] you must financial institution on execution to win on the best degree, particularly towards two groups like that,” Curry added. “Defensively, we have got to protect the three-point line a bit bit higher and cease fouling and giving groups simple peasy factors on the free throw line. If we are able to get stops and switch it right into a transition offense that may assist us simplify the sport a bit bit, however there is a lengthy technique to go. [We are] staying optimistic and making an attempt to determine get transferring in the correct route.”
Curry urged the crew’s younger gamers to play with out the burden of expectation regardless of being at a franchise that earlier than final season had made the NBA Finals for 5 straight years and gained three championships throughout that run.
Requested for his message to the much less skilled gamers, he replied: “This 12 months is completely different and to not really feel any strain from Warriors groups of the previous. We clearly have that championship DNA and people expectations round our organisation and that is what we wish, however this 12 months’s completely different.
“It is a new group of fellows. We might have cherished to have performed higher these final two video games however that is not going to outline our season in any respect. We are able to go win these subsequent two and your 2-2 on a street journey, so that is what you have to deal with.
“Maintain your self accountable to errors we’re making as a bunch and simply maintain making an attempt to get higher. We simply have to verify our effort and competitiveness is there, and that’ll assist us get by way of these rising pains.”
Curry anticipates Inexperienced’s return from harm may have a major impression however doesn’t anticipate it to repair all of Golden State’s issues.
“That can clearly assist. We performed two actually good groups who’ve championship aspirations and that is the extent we have to get to. We’re simply not wherever near that,” Curry mentioned. “Hopefully, he’ll give us a lift. It isn’t going to be a remedy all… however I anticipate there to be good vitality when he comes again.”